Activists unleash Operation Titstorm on Aussie.gov
Critics slam DDoS attack as an enormous boob
Cyberactivists have launched an distributed denial of service attack on Australian government servers, as part of a protest against proposed anti-porn and net censorship regulations.
Operation Titstorm, launched on Wednesday, will also involve spam emails, junk faxes and prank phone calls. Spam emails will focus on small-breasted women, cartoon porn and female ejaculation - the three types of "illicit content" due to be banned.
The type of attacks and their organisation mirrors the anti-Church of Scientology protests launched by Anonymous in January 2008. Posters for the Australian attacks suggest they are also the work of Anonymous, a loose-knit collective associated with the 4chan image board, but this may be just a flag of convenience for the latest assaults. Different people may well be involved, even though the call to arms was issued on the Why We Protest forum used by Anonymous.
The attacks floored Australia's parliamentary website for around an hour on Wednesday morning, Reuters reports. The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy website was also hit hard by cyber attacks. A spokesperson for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, responsible for proposing the controversial porn filter plan decried the attacks as "irresponsible".
Meanwhile some Australian anti-censorship groups have complained that the resort to criminal hacking attacks only hurts their cause. This criticism echoes that made by long-standing opponents of Scientology at the time of attacks on the church last year, in response to its legal attempts to purge an infamous Tom Cruise church awards ceremony video from the web. ®
"criminal hacking attacks only hurts their cause"
But results and action are needed now, not in some far off committee based nonsense.
Those implementing net censorship (including our own ignorant leaders in the UK) need to be made aware that there is more to the game (of governing) than the aspects they control, particularly now the internet has been invented.
"Stick it to the man" and other such effusive slogans!
As an Australian the proposed 'net filer will directly affect me.
I have done all the "correct" things.. written to the Minister and my local MP, left messages and posts on numerous newspapers and IT websites.
My own MP (in fact a member of Cabinet and therefore directly involved in the decision making on this issue) admitted he had received many letters of complaint about the filter.
In my letter both to him and the Sen. Conroy I said in no uncertain terms that this was a cynical vote buying exercise aimed at the religious right (of with Conroy is a member).
The Minister responds with a standard letter about preventing access to "illegal" material.
But it is all rubbish. The government has no intention of backing down despite massive opposition from the IT industry, business, free speech groups and the media.
This is all about votes in marginal electorates and sucking up to a rich and very powerful religious lobby.
The opposition Liberal party (ie Tories) originally opposed the filter but since a change of leader late last year, have been very quiet on the subject which is deeply disturbing.
I am sure they are being lobbied hard on the issue by the religious right and by free speech supporters. But I am sure they are contemplating the impact of being seen to side with "pornography" if they oppose Conroy's idiocy.
The level of debate has been appalling with Conroy calling anyone who opposes his laws a supporter of child pornography. This gives you an insight into how vicious and unprincipled the government is on this issue.
I do not really approve of DoS attacks but civil disobedience against this sort of vile and undemocratic legislation maybe the only way open to oppose this nasty legislation.
If Haystack is good enough to by-pass the filtering in Iran, why don't the Aussies just use that?*
Governments will have to learn that no matter what they do, they cannot compete with an legion of frustrated geeks with entirely too much time on their hands. :o)
*I agree it's the principle of the thing that's important.